Courts and Crime

Tim Nedeau can exhale after Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill allocating $16,001 to reimburse him for what he paid the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to obtain trophy antlers from a buck illegally hunted on his property in Osage County. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Poached deer racks up improbable nine-year political, financial scramble

BY: - May 26, 2021

Osage County landowners end nine-year fight with ownership of poached trophy deer antlers and reimbursement of $16,001 paid the state for the rack.

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws.  Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]

Kansas contemplating $200-$250 million overhaul of law enforcement training facility

BY: - May 23, 2021

TOPEKA — Proposed modernization of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson at a cost of $200 million to $250 million would adhere to curriculum and instructional reforms necessary to prepare a new generation of public-safety officers, officials said. Implementation of a campus master plan — the first since the center was authorized in […]

Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas, lauded legislation honoring Adrian Jones, a severely abused 7-year-old boy killed in 2015 and his body fed to hogs. Allegations of abuse had come to attention of officials in Kansas and Missouri. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Governor signs bill honoring memory of abused Kansas boy fed to hogs by father

BY: - May 21, 2021

In memory of murdered Kansas boy fed to hogs, Gov. Kelly signs bill requiring visual inspection of allegedly abused children.

Wellsville Republian Rep. Mark Samsel, left, faces three misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from a classroom disturbance at Wellsville High School. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Rep. Samsel hit with three counts of battery in Wellsville school fracas

BY: - May 17, 2021

Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, is charged with three misdemeanor counts of battery for peculiar incident at Wellsville High School.

Kansas governor signs bills for first-time homebuyers, elder abuse, rural development, new sex crimes

BY: - May 17, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly signed an assortment of legislation Monday dealing with first-time homebuyers, elder abuse, tax preparations, rural opportunity zones, and new crimes for sexual extortion and sexual battery of a spouse. The seven bills, some of them representing bundles of policy revisions, all passed both chambers by wide margins earlier this month before lawmakers […]

Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a GOP candidate for governor in 2022, earns endorsement of the Johnson County sheriff. Schmidt and rival Jeff Colyer are working hard to nail down support ahead of the primary showdown. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Johnson County sheriff endorses Schmidt in GOP governor’s race

BY: - May 17, 2021

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt nails endorsement in rival Colyer's back yard -- seizing backing from Johnson County sheriff.

Rep. Mark Samsel, a Wellsville Republican, has been ordered not to set foot on Wellsville school district property or attend any school events for one year following his arrest for alleged misconduct as a substitute teacher. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House member ordered not to set foot on Wellsville school property for one year

BY: - May 16, 2021

Republican Rep. Mark Samsel ordered to stay away from Wellsville schools for one year after arrest tied to his work as a substitute teacher.

TOwners of Genesis Health Clubs, including this facility in Lawrence, are urging the GOP-led Legislature to approve a property tax exemption for the state's for-profit health clubs. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Genesis Health Clubs fined $15K for unsolicited telemarketing calls

BY: - May 14, 2021

TOPEKA — Genesis Health Clubs Management Inc. was fined $15,000 for violating the Kansas No-Call Act, the Attorney General’s office announced on Friday. The Wichita-based company operates at least 55 clubs in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma, with 22 facilities in 13 cities in Kansas. The company is owned by Rodney Steven, a well-known […]

New law helps drivers with suspended licenses get back on the road

BY: - May 14, 2021

TOPEKA — A new law now in effect gives Kansans with suspended driver’s licenses a clearer avenue to get back on the road. Under the law, Kansans who are struggling to pay fines and fees can ask a Judge to reduce or waive the charges based on hardships. The law also removes a 90-day suspension or […]

State Rep. Steven Howe, R-Salina, issued a statement condemning the rhetoric of former President Donald Trump, who issued an acidic attack on U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican who has challenged Trump's political claims. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republican pushes back against Trump’s caustic attack on Cheney

BY: - May 12, 2021

Kansas GOP legislator rebukes former President Donald Trump for toxic attack on character of U.S. Rep. Lynn Cheney of Wyoming.

Kansas lawmakers make sexual extortion a crime, raise penalties for eluding police

BY: - May 10, 2021

TOPEKA — A criminal justice bill passed by the House and Senate makes sexual extortion a crime, enforces stronger penalties for attempting to elude a police officer and allows a spouse to be charged with sexual battery. Senate Bill 60 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, although some lawmakers took issue with a provision that amends […]